Wingårdhs recently renovated Radisson Collection Hotel, Strand Stockholm. The new interiors feature soft textures and rich colors alongside natural materials such as oak and walnut. The studio has introduced a custom grey-toned color that runs throughout the hotel and has also used recognizable design classics from the likes of Flos and Fritz Hansen within the communal areas of the hotel as well as the guest rooms.
The hotel, which was originally opened in 1912 to coincide with the Stockholm Olympics, is situated in central Stockholm in the bustling area of Nybrokajen Bay and is just a short walk from Stockholm's Old Town, Gamla Stan. The destination features an eclectic mix of shopping destinations, bars and restaurants as well as some of the city's most iconic attractions such as The Modern Museum and the ABBA museum.
"We believe in creating a dynamic experience by amplifying the building's own character. We wanted the new elements to be a distinctive addition to the original appearance," said Leila Atlassi, project leading architect at Wingårdhs. "The team created a warm and welcoming atmosphere, the interior tonality has been set from natural materials like stone, wood, leather and, metal in their natural colours. A specific tone of grey is noticed on the walls - Strand Grey and constitutes the base in the interior concept."
Wingårdhs' new design concept for the hotel focusses on functionality and durability. In the 1930's, the hotel received a modern extension including the building of an annex which incorporated the hotel's lobby and meeting rooms. Part of the recent renovation has included an update to the interior layout to join these two buildings, in turn creating a better flow between throughout the ground floor of the hotel.
For the refurbishment of the guest rooms, Wingårdhs repurposed existing furniture and fittings such as the doors and floors, working meticulously to refresh each piece to fit in with the hotel's new aesthetic whilst maintaining the hotel's original and much loved character and charm.
To create a relaxed and homely atmosphere, the studio has used dark tones and rich wooden materials throughout the guest rooms with the exception of the windows which have been surrounded in white, drawing the guest closer to experience the stunning views of Nybroviken.
The Strand Brasserie and Bar
Headed up by experienced chef Richard Williamson, The Strand seats 200 guests and consists of an all-day restaurant, with a large bar separating two different seating spaces where guests can enjoy both breakfast, dinner, brunches and late night drinks. In addition to the restaurant and larger bar area, there is also a smaller bar area, with direct corner entrance from the lively city to welcome the locals.
Through its design, Wingårdhs wanted to create a relaxed environment suitable for guests to eat, drink, work and be social; this was achieved with the creation of varied seating including long sofas and comfortable lounge chairs upholstered in soft velvets and warm-toned colors. The restaurant is filled with well-placed charging stations.
As guests enter the restaurant they are greeted with a dramatic light installation. Hanging the length of the atrium, the installation features hundreds of lighting elements creating an ambient space resembling the night's sky. Throughout the ground floor including the restaurant and bar features large floor to ceiling windows allowing guests to experience striking view of the water of Nybrokajen whilst they dine.
Lobby and Meeting Rooms
Throughout the communal areas of the hotel, including the hotel's lobby and conference rooms, Wingårdhs introduced wooden floors and walnut walls which help reinforce the building's character. Floor to ceiling windows throughout the lobby area provide guests with views of the local area.
Fit for the business traveller, The Radisson Collection Hotel, Strand Stockholm has four meeting rooms including 'Harbour Suite', at the corner of the building, overlooking the harbour which can also be used as a private dining space for functions, dinners and events.
Photography: Rickard L. Eriksson